We thought we should give you all an update as to what’s going on in the Over Yonda camp. We miss writing the blog but most of all we miss talking to you lot! So here’s the latest.
Week 1 Christmas Island – 21 to 27 August 2017
C – Well, we are off on another adventure! One that was not really anticipated, but we decided to just jump in and say yes to the opportunity to return to the island which we called home for a few years before heading off on our postie bike adventure.
T – We kind of figured that if we are going to be stopped for a short while we may as well work right? And by we, I mean Chantelle.
C – Thats right! We are heading back to Christmas Island. I have accepted a three month contract and we will be making the most of the island lifestyle before our fly out date, 14 November 2017.
We spent a very fun weekend with family, celebrating my sister-in-law’s birthday in the small fishing town of Lancelin, just north of Perth. After eating a lot of delicious food, it was time to head back to the city and get our butts in to gear for the Tuesday flight.
T – We had been staying in Mount Barker in WA and the weather greeted us with its cold, wet, icy grasp. So we were pretty damn keen to experience some warmth! And Christmas Island has plenty of that!
C – Being so remote and a very harsh environment, produce is not easy to come by on Christmas Island. So Monday meant hitting the fresh vege section in Woolworths and stocking up on some essentials which we knew would be difficult to buy on the island.
Arriving at the airport, it appeared that our transition from permanent holiday makers into employed residents of a remote community was not going to be so smooth! An error in my booking meant it took a significant number of time to check in and before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye to my lovely little mother and father and head on through security and passport control. Although Christmas Island is an Australian territory, the flight leaves from the international terminal.
T – Bye Ma and Pa. We will be back in a very short time! Channys mum remarked that she seemed to spend half of her life in airports saying goodbye to us!
C – The flight was uneventful and I was feeling anxious about arriving back on CI. I was excited to see good friends, but felt oddly weird about returning to work. It was so very strange to think tomorrow I was no longer free to wake up when I wanted and spend my day doing whatever I wanted!
T- As we landed my I was asking myself if we were making the right decision returning to the island. Our last experience here had been full of HUGE ups and downs. But we resolved to stay strong as a team and tackle everything head on!
C – As we stepped off of the plane, we were greeted by a warm, humid hug as the air of Christmas Island surrounded us. It was nice to be greeted so warmly by people we knew and of course, it was ridiculously exciting to see Katies beautiful, smiling face as we exited the airport!
T – Warm! It was so bloody warm! Oh my. I have missed being warm.
C – We spent the evening settling in to the accommodation as I contemplated the next day.
Turns out, day one was ok! It was great to see familiar faces and settle into some brain ache inducing work. Of course day 2 and 3 came and went in varying degrees of speed but I was itching for the weekend long before the weekend came!
It is weird how things do not really change in an office – everything so very familiar, yet so very unfamiliar. Not because the office has changed, but because I have changed so much. I have never really felt I ‘fit’ in any particular box and now well, now that feeling is just on steroids!
Saturday saw us leaping out of bed for a wondrous adventure! We met Katie for early morning roti canai at the Halal Cafe and then headed out to explore Fresh Water Cave. The cave was as beautiful as we remembered although we had poorly timed our entry and so the tide levels meant that we could only explore the first chamber.
T – Last time we were here I had been employed by Christmas Island National Parks and over the course of time there I had been to many a cave and even discovered one of my very own. But I am petrified of the damn things. I’m in and out of them in a flash!
C- On our way out, we stopped at an incredibly beautiful tree which you can climb up inside all the way to the top! Its terrifyingly amazing!
We finished our day watching Dunkirk at the open air cinema, with more warm greetings and catch ups with old acquaintances.
Sunday morning we were once again up and at ’em early and on a trek to Dolly Beach. We took the four wheel drive track down to the start of the boardwalk and then enjoyed a wonderful stroll through the jungle, spying blue crabs, robber crabs, red crabs and ghost crabs, along with booby birds and frigate birds. We spent the morning chilling on the beach, playing in the surf and searching for treasure for the piles of rubbish that washes up on the beach.
Dolly Beach is a beautiful beach but unfortunately, this beach and the next beach along, Great Beach, suffer from rubbish washing on from the currents. Its incredibly sad and the local community work hard to keep these beaches clear. Buts its a never ending battle. Waste reduction programmes and education are badly needed throughout the world.
Next week – well I have a grand plan! That grand plan is to keep the adventure alive whilst I work full time. How adventurous can we be on Christmas Island? Lets see if we can rise to the challenge!!
T – So for now our bikes are tucked safely away while they await our return to the mainland. We miss them terribly and every time we see a postie zip past on the island I have a pang in heart as I remember the amazing adventure we have just had with Rosie and Mabel. There is quite a gang of posties on the island and maybe we can convince them to have a chat with us!